Profile: Laura Walker

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Preston North End women’s team have enjoyed a great season so far that includes being top of the league and reaching the county cup final.

Their captain, Laura Walker spoke to Pluto about the team’s whirlwind season so far.

On the way to their current position, the team went on an 11-match winning streak in all competitions.

“I’m really happy with how this season has gone so far,” Walker said.

“Our aim at the start of the season was to win the league and to get our hands on some silverware and they’re still achievable goals.

“I think we’ve been really consistent this season which is something we’ve lacked in previous years.

“We’ve got such great quality and depth in the squad as well so if we have an injury, we have an equally good replacement.

Walker also praised the team for the way they have been winning – PNE have scored 58 goals in just 16 matches.

“We’re really lucky in the fact that we have goals coming through from lots of different players, so it’s not like we’re relying on one or two players for goals.

“Even our centre-half has popped in with four or five goals this season!”

As well as being top of the FA Women’s Northern Premier League, the team have also reached the final of the Lancashire FA Cup, a game which Walker is relishing.

“One of our aims was to win the county cup so hopefully on the 7th of April, we’ll be able to do that and have another trophy for our collection.

“I think a league and cup double is definitely achievable.”

The 32-year-old also told Pluto about her pride of captaining the team having grown up as a North End fan.

“I absolutely love it! It’s an honour and a privilege for me to be the captain of this team.

“Not only because I am a Preston fan, but it’s such a great team with so many great players and it’s really nice to be able to contribute to the team, but as captain, even more so.

“I love wearing the shirt and playing with such great teammates, who all are on the same page about what we want from this season, is very pleasing.”

Speaking about her career highlights, the midfielder said: “I’ve been very lucky to have lots of highlights in my career – going to America, playing with one of my childhood heroes in Jill Coultard and captaining this team.”

The midfielder admitted it can be quite demanding, balancing her footballing career alongside her job as a sports lecturer at Salford City College.

“I leave my house to go to work at half past six, teach all day and then to go to training from 8 till 10.

“It is quite challenging but I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love playing, so I’m not going to moan about that.”

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